The microscopic mineral crystals of tooth enamel make it very strong. However, it’s not unheard of for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to cause cracks chips, or fractures in tooth enamel. If you feel pain inside the tooth, the damage might extend deep into the internal structures.
Sometimes the damage doesn’t extend to the dentin or root of the tooth, yet it compromises the tooth so much that it must be repaired. In a situation like this Dr. Edmon R. Hutchison & Eric J. Gabrielson will often recommend that the tooth be restored with a crown.
A crown effectively restores a tooth by replacing the enamel layer with an artificial material, such as gold, base metals or porcelain. What your particular crown is made from will be based on the tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile.
First Dr. Edmon R. Hutchison & Eric J. Gabrielson will examine the tooth, to assess the extent of the damage and make sure the dentin layer and root are healthy. If decay extends beyond the enamel layer, they might perform a root canal.
Dr. Edmon R. Hutchison & Eric J. Gabrielson will then remove the majority of the enamel layer, leaving just enough to surround the dentin layer of the tooth. This is called an abutment, later it will anchor your new crown. They will then take an impression of the area, which is sent to a dental lab, where your crown is made. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown to protect it.
Once the dental lab has completed your permanent crown, Dr. Edmon R. Hutchison & Eric J. Gabrielson will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement the permanent crown in place.
If you have a tooth that needs to be restored, please call us at 972-636-2417 to schedule an appointment.